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An endless passion for music, for voices,
for discovery, for people, for life.
DEEPFALL draw on dynamic musical perspectives to deliver a hard-hitting hybrid of rock, metal, and alternative. The Grand Rapids, MI band unites five diverse musicians whose inspirations span an expansive spectrum. The quintet—Terry DeWit [vocals], Tim Ossenfort [guitar], Jim Sully [drums], Taylor Brandt [bass], Tim King [keyboards]—have quietly made waves, attracting super producer Michael Elvis Baskette [Alter Bridge, Slash, Mammoth WVH, Falling In Reverse] to their corner and touring with everyone from Alter Bridge to Sevendust.
Now, they properly introduce a scorching and soaring signature sound on their 2022 independent EP, Revolution.
“We’re a very diverse group of dudes,” affirms King. “I grew up listening to Billy Joel, Journey, and Metallica. Terry’s into all genres including hard rock, metal, blues and R&B. Sully is more of a Thrash, Slayer and King Diamond guy. Taylor loves prog and death metal, and Tim’s big on 70’s prog, electronic music, and has recorded and produced many genres as a producer/engineer. We’ve stirred a variety of influences in the pot together. Our lives revolve around music. We share who we are through songs.”
A shared devotion to music ultimately brought them together too. A lifelong musician, Sully cut his teeth as a percussionist in school bands. In between playing bass since his childhood, Taylor served as an Airborne Infantryman In Afghanistan. Hailing from Grand Rapids, Terry performed in a handful of bands and won various competitions as a vocal dynamo. The youngest of the bunch, Tim diligently developed precision and proficiency on guitar since his childhood. In the midst of a successful career as a network architect, King taught himself keys. He balanced his day job with music theory and voice courses at community college. Variations of DEEPFALL date as far back as 2013, but in 2017 King and Sully started pushing DEEPFALL forward to eventually be joined by Terry, Taylor and Tim.
Following their 2019 debut Broken, they hit the road with HELLYEAH, Texas Hippie Coalition, Sevendust, Alter Bridge, and Clint Lowery, building an enthusiastic fan base and racking up over 100K Spotify streams and counting. With Terry in the fold as of 2021, they caught the attention of Baskette who invited them to his Florida studio to record Revolution over the course of three weeks. Urging progression, the producer emphasized the keys to widen the sonic scope.
“Elvis restructured things,” notes King. “He really taught us how to lock in together and pushed the keys front and center. He was like, ‘You’re a rock band with a keyboard player on stage, which is rare nowadays. Use that!’ He showed us we could build a huge soundscape to thicken the music and, ultimately, set it apart.”
The single and title track “Revolution” hinges on an ominous beat and airy keys before guitar kicks in full force. The chorus trumpets a call-to-arms, “It’s a revolution.”
“Terry’s concept was standing up against technology, government, social media, and all of the things controlling our lives,” reveals King. “It’s about people banding together and deciding to take back control. The concept felt fitting as we were going through an internal revolution with a new plan, new music, and a new chapter.”
Lush progressive-style keys echo through clouds of distortion on “Into the Sun,” illuminating the group’s grasp of rich atmospherics. “There are 93 keyboard tracks,” smiles King. “It’s about going through life worrying about things in your past, having anxiety, and coming to a point where you realize you just need to live on and move forward.”
The interplay between the guitar and keys drives the ghostly “Phantom,” which represents the EP’s emotional apex.
“It’s written from the viewpoint of Terry passing and speaking to his family about moving on,” notes King. “From the grave, he’s saying, ‘Everything is okay. I’ll always be there’.”
“Fly Me to the Moon” charges forward with a galloping groove, and the finale “Isolation” culminates on an arena-ready refrain buoyed by hypnotic harmonies.
“It’s our ballad,” King goes on. “It’s just about being lonely, depressed, or trapped inside your own mind.”
In the end, DEEPFALL present a new vision for hard rock powered by five distinct personalities with a common goal.
“We pour our hearts out and put our blood, sweat, and tears in the music,” he leaves off. “We hope it helps you let your anger out, calm down, or get through the day. There’s a lot of deep thought and emotion within the music. We’re trying to share our stories and hope others can join on the journey.”
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